The words “come and take your tea”, as a child was like extreme torture to me. I guess my folks having grown in the northern cold, had become accustomed to this way of life. I grew up not being a tea person you know, also maybe based on the fact that it used to cause me stomach upsets too. To me was also like a punishment whenever I was ill, you’d hear my mom say “oya come and take your bread and tea”, and in my mind I’d thrown-up already. But growing up, I’d come to realize that there’s a lot to tea than meets the eye, if you find yourself at a formal gathering; seminar, conference, or any top-class meeting in general, they go on two breaks. The “tea break”, and the other type of break (buffet or the likes where the main dish is served). Shows class, poise, welll groomed etiquettes etc. It also has alot of uses, and types. Not our focus for today though. Talking about the best tea remedy for a rainy day…
I suddenly found myself during this rain downpour, while shivering like a “masquerade at a cultural dance display”, taking a mix of ginger, honey, and hot water… and I was back to normal. So we’ll just run through some basic ailments that pop their up during the rainy season, and the best tea remedies to counter it.
HONEY – SORE THROAT
Bacteria is everywhere, thanks to the floods, and flowing water, it’s being easily transferred too. With a lot of movement of hands from public doors, toilets, handshakes, sharing of umbrellas etc. the spread of sore throat is quite inevitable.
Remedy: Honey tea, is best to tackle this with, it has the needed natural nutrients to do the trick:1 tbsp of honey, 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice, 1 cup of water, dash of cinnamon.
GINGER/HONEY – HEADACHE/COMMON COLD
Likewise, honey is the main ingredient for the common cold virus also known as catarrh , accompanied by its brother sneezing. Quick tips, more preferable to getting drugs: 1 tbsp of honey, 3 garlic leaves, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 3 cups of water.
For ginger: 1 tbsp of ginger, 2 tbsp honey, 2 cups of water
CHAMOMILE – FOR SLEEP
The stress and anxiety caused by the rain could be something, and at times might take a while to get some shut eyes. Here’s what you do: 3-4 tbsp chamomile leaves, a sprig mint (peppermint leave), 3 cups of water.
Please note that for best results, hot water is advisable.
Thanks to shopping malls, we can also get bulk of these items and store away for emergency cases. I hope this has been helpful, not every time fanta, coke, soft drinks, beer, sometimes take tea and be calm.
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